Ralph Thompson

Former chief provincial court Judge Ralph Thompson died Wednesday. (CBC)

Former P.E.I. provincial court judge Ralph Thompson has died.

As a lawyer Thompson practised with Campbell, Mitchell, Lea, Cheverie and Thompson. In the public sector, Thompson served as a Crown prosecutor, departmental solicitor and director of legal services.

In 1985, he was appointed chief judge of the provincial court, a position he held until 1990 and again from 1995 - 2000. He retired from the court in October of 2005.

In 2008 he was appointed by the government as the commissioner on land and local governance. He delivered an extensive report on land use issues to the province in 2010.

A close family friend says Thompson had been dealing with cancer.

Thompson died Wednesday morning at the age of 67.